November 26, 2011

Babies' first pantomime - Cinderella

The company I work for books out two full shows of the pantomime every year as our family day event.

We also had a date with friends of ours that was set up in JULY and this was the same Saturday as the panto.

I would have skipped the panto (crowds are not my thing :)) but D really, really loves the panto so I put my name down for tickets hoping that somehow things would all work out.

Closer to the time I had a brilliant idea.

We'd go to the first half of the show until intermission .... and then shoot through to Pretoria.

So that's exactly what we did.

D prepped the babies for a few days beforehand telling them there'll be lights and music and lots of people singing and dancing and loud sounds.

Kendra told him, "NO loud music" :) She really doesn't like loud music.

This year's show is Cinderella - they have no idea who Cinderella is. They actually have no idea who any famous characters are which is exactly how I like it.

So this week we quickly told them the story and today at the panto we discovered that they are now obsessed with the ugly stepsisters. I actually don't like talk of ugly!!!!

We were seated right at the back (thank goodness) because when the children got antsy, we were only disturbing the family in front of us.

They were entranced by the lights mainly and the ugly stepsisters who were "naughty because they smacked Cinderella and told her no she couldn't come to the party (Prince Charming's ball)".

All in all, not too bad an experience.

I expected it to be much worse and thought we'd have to leave after 20 minutes but we only had one time-out (yes, we took the offender outside the theatre for time-out) and then a well-behaved child.

We each got snack packs with far too much food. I only gave the kids one packet of mini cheddars and half a 125 ml fruit juice between the two of them.

The babies also each received a beautiful Cinderella book.

D's efforts to contain them
during intermission

This was what all the fuss and bother at the window was about - beautiful!

November 20, 2011

Mummy-Connor date

The kids were super-crazy on the Saturday so I told Dion we needed some one-on-one time after church on the Sunday to get them back to normal again.

Connor loves the shops (!) so it was no surprise when I said, "who wants to come shopping with me?" and he said, "Connor!!!!!"

We bought new bedding for us, new pillowcases for them (picked out by him) - white with blue and white with hot pink dots - and then went to have some French toast at Nino's.

This is him playing while we waited for our food.

November 19, 2011

Refiloe and Mabusha's wedding

Refiloe and I have been friends for nearly 20 years.

We met in Chem 1 at Rhodes as we shared a bench in the Chem Lab - my maiden name started with L and hers with M.

Anyway, we were invited to her white wedding (the traditional one took place a few years ago) in Pretoria.

It was terribly hot which the kids are not used to (how do people in Pretoria deal with that heat?!) and they wouldn't be still at all.

We had to set up on these steps to give them a snack and some water while we waited for the bride and groom to return from having their photos taken.

Kendra having a ProVita
Trying to do ponytails... (she says "pony tay-ohs")
Look at Connor's index finger - same bent finger like Dion has :)
Dion containing Connor
Love this pic of the hands!

November 12, 2011

Also taken at Seth and Sophia's party

Seth and Sophia's birthday party

Caren's house was like Toy Heaven for these two.
new shoes
doing her thing
Dion supervising the play structure. Seth is so brave!
The birthday twins - Seth and Sophia. I didn't even recognise Sophia from behind as she'd grown so much in 3 - 4 months.
Love the face - work it girl!
Connor can't believe he's actually getting to climb such a big thing
Seth - love his sweet smile
Connor hoarding the sandpit toys
Angela, Seth and Sophia's nanny
The vddR family
They look completely unfazed :)
 The kids had lots of fun but most of all, we had a chance to relax for a bit because Caren has such a lot of things for the kids to do.